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Old June 25 2012, 10:39 PM   #1
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Thunderbirds fans - Lockheed Martin designing real-life FireFlash!

http://www.stuff.co.nz/travel/intern...-in-four-hours

They're playing with our minds again ... and they're on a sure-fire winner. Aeronautical designers last week again unleashed their trusty headline-grabber about the imminence of a "Son of Concorde".
London to Sydney in four hours, they were saying, in the run-up to next month's Farnborough air show outside London in the UK, which is one of the aerospace industry's main annual sales jamborees.
Importantly, the boffins were talking about the technical details of breakthroughs in computer-aided design that they reckon can finally overcome the biggest obstacle - Concorde's inability to fly supersonically over land.
I was sucked in despite a knowing warning yesterday from former Sydney Morning Herald aviation editor Ben Sandilands. "Every single story about a Concorde successor ever written has been wrong," he told me bluntly.
But the highly technical report by veteran aviation writer Guy Norris and colleague Graham Warwick in Aviation Week and Space Technology was very specific about the progress that has been made.
"The biggest barriers to development of economically viable and environmentally acceptable supersonic transports - sonic boom and airport noise - may be about to be breached," they wrote. "Through development of design tools allowing aircraft to be shaped to produce quieter booms, and noise-reducing nozzle concepts, NASA and industry are growing confident that routine supersonic overland flight is within reach."
The photo is very cool!
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Old June 25 2012, 11:36 PM   #2
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Re: Thunderbirds fans - Lockheed Martin designing real-life FireFlash!

Whilst the prospect is certainly intersting, I won't hold my breath. If it ever comes to pass I can't imagine it'll be until 2030 or even 2040 before we see it in active service.
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Old June 26 2012, 09:17 AM   #3
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Re: Thunderbirds fans - Lockheed Martin designing real-life FireFlash!

Technically, it's not a photo. It's a concept rendering. And I see one of these articles every few years or so. When one gets flying, then I'll believe it.
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Old June 26 2012, 10:19 AM   #4
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Re: Thunderbirds fans - Lockheed Martin designing real-life FireFlash!

With no windows it's hard to get an idea of the intended size. Engines remind me of the old Boeing SST.

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Old June 26 2012, 10:29 AM   #5
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Maurice wrote: View Post
Technically, it's not a photo. It's a concept rendering.
And a film is usually a DPX sequence these days but I still say film.
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Old June 26 2012, 07:12 PM   #6
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Re: Thunderbirds fans - Lockheed Martin designing real-life FireFlash!

not really keen on the look - I think Mr Hackenbacker would come up with something better.
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